Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has strongly rejected Elon Musk’s statement proclaiming Taiwan as “an integral part of China,” asserting that Taiwan is “not for sale” and not under China’s jurisdiction. Musk made the comment during the recent All-In Summit held in Los Angeles, where he expressed his understanding of China based on his numerous visits and interactions with its senior leadership. Joseph Wu, Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, took to social media platform X (previously known as Twitter) to state that Taiwan is an independent entity, separate from China.
“Listen up, Taiwan is not part of the PRC and certainly not for sale!” Taiwan’s minister of foreign affairs, Joseph Wu, said late Wednesday on X, also formerly known as Twitter.
For decades, Taiwan has governed itself autonomously since the civil war in 1949, which resulted in its separation from mainland China. However, Beijing continues to regard Taiwan as a part of its territory, insisting on eventual reunification, even by force if necessary. Against this backdrop, Musk compared China’s perspective on Taiwan to that of Hawaii, suggesting that Taiwan is an intrinsic part of China that is unjustly excluded.
Wu responded to Musk’s statement by emphasizing that Taiwan is not part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). He also urged Musk to request the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to grant access to X, which is currently banned in China. In a playful remark, Wu suggested that perhaps Musk believed banning the social media platform was a good policy, drawing a hypothetical analogy to turning off Starlink to hinder Ukraine’s counterstrike against Russia.
“Hope Elon Musk can also ask the CCP to open X to its people. Perhaps he thinks banning it is a good policy, like turning off Starlink to thwart Ukraine’s counterstrike against Russia,” Wu said.
This exchange has reignited conversations about the delicate political dynamics surrounding Taiwan, with the Taiwanese government vehemently asserting its independence while hoping to increase global recognition. The situation continues to be complex and fragile, as Taipei seeks to assert its sovereignty while navigating Beijing’s persistent claims. As tensions escalate, it remains to be seen whether this dispute will have any significant repercussions on diplomatic relations between Taiwan, China, and influential figures like Musk.